On the Jiu-Jitsu Binge and Purge Cycle

I got my sorry fat self to BJJ tonight.  I had a good time like I knew I would.  So why is it I go through these binge and purge cycles.  For a while I’m all fired up and I can’t get enough.  Then I hit the purge and I can’t get my self to go.  Oh there are other factors, sickness, family, life.  Regardless I still can find time even if I can’t go to class to watch my DVD’s or practice on my Submission Master Grappling Dummy.  But I don’t.  Now I’m just about finished purging and I’m moving toward the binge.

I’ve been wanting to pick up Ryan Hall’s "Back Attack" but I kept telling myself if I’m not going to go then why?  Surprisingly this has become the dangling carrot to start motivating me.  I think I’ll set it as a reward for myself.  If I make it through the entire month of February and get in at least two class a week I’ll buy it.  As you might remember I posted 3 Top Picks For Back Control Technique Instruction in which I picked Ryan’s DVD as the best.  I also set my sights on being the best from the back.

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How to Tweak the Rear Naked Choke for Maximum Effect

Little tweaks make all the difference some times.  As I ponder more of what I learned from the Sylivo Behring Seminar I post my insights as I promised.  One of the tweaks Master Behring showed us was for the Rear Naked Choke or Mata Leao.  The traditional way to lock in the choke is with the arm around the neck to clasp the bicep of the other arm that is at a 90 degree angle and then fold the arm behind the head.  Master Behring demonstrated this gives the opponent a chance to grab the arm before it can get behind the head.  Instead he showed us to “shoot” the arm in behind the head.  What I mean by that is to have the arm in the finish position and insert it.  This is out side the vision of the person being choked and is a quicker motion.  They don’t get the chance to block it either.

Roy Dean in his video Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt Requirements: Gateway to the Advanced Game gives some excellent variations on the Rear Naked Choke.  I especially like the variation for when you can’t get your arm all the way around and under the chin.

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Turtle Side Control Sweep and More on the “Giant Johnson”

Turtle to Side Control Sweep
Giant Johnson Variation 1
Giant Johnson Variation 2

Its amazing the technology we have these days.  My iPhone is my favorite tool.  I can do about anything it seems with it.  In class the other day I captured some variations on the "Giant Johnson".  I posted about it the other day, BJJ Technique The "Giant Johnson".  I have since learned a few other names for it.  They are Arm Triangle, Howdy, and Pillow Choke.  These variations put, should we say, a "twist" to it.  You not only apply the choke but you twist the body or spine at the same time.

The Turtle to Side Control video was taken at our advanced class.  It is sweet to watch.  Josh, one of our white belts, mastered it in no time.  He makes it look smooth and simple.  It is fancy to watch.  I wonder what would happen if during the turn the guy didn’t stay in the turtle position.  I guess I’ll have to get with Josh and try it out.  If anyone has a name for the Turtle to Side Control Sweep in the video please let me know.

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Patience Is a Jiu-Jitsu Virtue

Fast food, same day deliver, view on demand, easy access, they are all part of our modern rushed society.  We don’t want to wait for anything.  We get angry if we have to wait in a line to long or if something holds us up.  I’m guilty of it.  I want it when I want it and not a second after.  What’s wrong with that?  If you give a child everything they want right when they want it they become a spoiled brat.  It isn’t limited to kids.  Learning to have patience is essential in BJJ.  For starters, as Jeff said in his post Jiu-Jitsu Drop Out you won’t be in BJJ very long if you don’t have some to start with.  Patience is part of your game too.  Its a white belt that goes nuts trying to get a submission before obtaining the position.  If they have the patience to continue training they begin to learn that they must have patience when they roll and look for the right opportunity to present it self.  It is good that the average black belt take 10 years to achieve, in my opinion.  It weeds out the impatient .  Those who have one value it.  They earned it through long years of study, practice, and dedication that only comes with patience.  I’m trying to develop my patience.  Patience isn’t about sitting and waiting.  patience is about actively striving to increase your abilities, it is about not getting discouraged, it is about steady work towards a goal.  The rewards are sweeter when you feel that patience has paid off.  I think my patience has paid off.  I feel my game just went up a notch as I said in my post, Developing Technique Combinations in Jiu-Jitsu.  Only time will tell, I’ll be patience and find out if I’m right.

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